Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, July 16, 1919, Page 5, Image 5

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Fugitive Returned From Cali
fornia Expresses Regret.
Prisoner Says Mistakes Seen and
That Hereafter He Is Going to
Follow Straight Path.
SALEM, Or., Ally 13. (Special.)
Love for his wife and 7-year-old son
prompted Clyde J. ("Red") Rupert, who
escaped from the state lime plant at
Gold Hill on March i5 while serving a
term in the state penitentiary for the
embezzlement ot approximately $19,500
worth of liberty bonds from the North
western National bank of Portland, to
write the letter which fell into the
hands of the federal officers at Im
perial Beach, Cal., and resulted in his
arrest a. few days later at Brawley.
This was the statement made by the
prisoner, following h is arrival at the
penitentiary late tonight in custody of
William Ksch, special state agent, who
was sent south following apprehension
of the fugitive.
Frliionrr HejsretM Step.
"I am glad to get back," said Rupert
rs his eyes filled with tears. "I never
felt free after leaving the lime plant,
and it was a great relief when an of
ficer laid his hand on my shoulder at
Brawley and said I was wanted for a
crime committed in Oregon. I have
learned my lesson, and from now I'm
going straight.
"On escaping from the state lime
plant about 6 o'clock on the evening of
March 16, I ran all the way to Med
ford," said Rupert, "where I hired out
to a rancher who was about to leave
for Gazelle, California, with a train
load of livestock. Upon arriving at
Gazelle the following morning I pur
chased a ticket to Woodland, near Sac
ramento, and arrived there late that
Picked Up ; Relcaned.
"I was afraid to pass through the
etation and took a course through the
outskirts of the city. As 1 was Hear
ing the business district 1 was picked
up by an officer who told me to ac
company him to jail, I protested, and
informed the policeman that I had
money and desired to get a room. I
made my bluff good and finally he
allowed me to go.
. "I got up early the following morn
ing, walked some distance from the
city, where I boarded another train and
made my way to Los Angeles and then
to Upton, in the Imperial fruit district.
I arrived at Upton .on Thursday follow
ing my escape, and the next morning
accepted a job with the Stewart Cit
rus company. While there I also
worked for the Okay Lemon Exchange.
Lonely; Writes Letter.
"On May XI I went to Brawley,
where I obtained work with the Amer
ican Fruit company. After remaining
there a few days I became lonesome
lor my wife and little son and wrote
the former a leter telling her that I
was in Brawley and intended to visit
her. I had hardly mailed the missive
when I realized that I had made a
mistake, and probably would be picked
up by the officers. ,
"A federal officer who had been as
signed to effect my capture appar
ently had reason to believe that I
would visit Imperial Beach, for he
rented a house next to the one oc
cupied by my wife. In some way he
came into possession of the letter,
which he turned over to Mr. Ringer.
A day or two later I was standing on
the streets of Brawley when Ringer
me and sa id; 'Hello, Red.
In order to shield my identity, I re
plied: 1 have red hair and its natural
for people to call me Red, even though
they have never seen me before
OI Days Itecalled.
"Ringer was persistent, however, and
recalled the days when we attended
baseball games together in Portland.
I still insisted that it was a case of
mistaken identity, but my efforts were
futile. He informed an officer and I
was locked in jail.
"Luring that night a Mexican, in
carcerated in the cell next to the one
in which 1 was housed, attempted to
escape by making a small hole in the
dour. Of course 1 was blamed for the
incident, and it was useless for me to
make a denial. The next morning fed
eral officers came to the jail, and after
giving -me the once over, I was re
moved to San riego. There I remained
until Special Agent Kseh arrived and
we started on our return to Oregon.
"Had the federal officers used me
square, it is not likely that I would
have attempted to escape.
Federal Are Blamed.
"TVhen I was arrested in Portland
for the theft of the Liberty bonds, and
before I was committed to the state
penitentiary, the federal officers
signed an agreement whereby they
were to recommend my parole after I
had served eight months. This agree
ment, however, was conditional that I
ehould be a model prisoner.
"When the time arrived for them to
make good they presented me with a
counter-proposal whereby I was to have
my wife sign a statement to the effect
that I was insane. It was also incum
bent upon me to get an affidavit from
a physician supporting the statement
of my wife. This I refused to do, and
as a result I am in prison confronted
with the remainder of my state sen
tence and a term in the federal peni
tentiary. Assistant United States Dis
trict Attorney Rankin of Portland was
the official who signed the agreement
that I should be paroled after serving
eight months of my term. It is pretty
hard for a feLlow to go straight when
the officials of his own government
have broken fait h.
Return to 'Wife Itopr.
"But. nevertheless, I am glad to get
back and I intend to serve the re
mainder of my sentence and then re
turn to California, where I will join
my wife and child.
"That will be the happiest day of my
life. Mrs. Rupert knew nothing of my
Portland crime, and. regardless of the
publicity given me as a result of my
arrest, she has remained firm in the be
lief that I will make proper amends and
return to her as soon as I have finished
my sentence. Just before returning
north l visited my wire and little bov
They were both glad to see me and our
parting was the most pathetic incident
In my whole life.
Rupert denied emphatically that he
was aided in making his escape by an
unidentified man in an automobile. He
also declared the story that he had
retraced his steps and returned to Ore
gon was false.
Afer a talk with Warden Steiner, in
which he promised to go straight,
Rupert was assigned to a cell, and to
morrow will be placed at work with
the flax crew.
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more, who served with rase hospital
2, testified. "The officer did by roll
Ing the man in the mud," Mendleburg
"Did you get that officer's name?"
asked Representative flood, democrat,
"I'm too sorry I did r.ot take his
name," answered Mendleburg.
When telling of poor food. Mendle
burg said that "if you asked for an
extra piece of bread you were flat on
your back." Meals, others said, con
sisted of a stew made from canned beef,
one slice of bread and part of a cup of
coffee. Sometimes enly the stew was
served, witnesses said.
Beating by Officer Asserted.
Charles Goldberg. New York City, a
corporal in company G, 38th infantry,
said while at the "brig" he was knocked
down by an officer and one of his teeth
knocked out when he refused to sur
render his money belt.
"Once when I was scrubbing a floor
a sergeant swung a club at my head
every five seconds," testified Goldberg.
Paul Boggs, Baldwin. N. T 318th
field signal battalion, said men at the
farm were often so hungry that they
were "glad to eat dirty potato peel
ings.' He said he dipped a tin cup
in a swill barrel so as to get some
grease that he could eat with a relish.
"Instead of giving a command, it
was generally given with a club," as
serted Boggs, who said he saw at least
50 men beaten.
Medical Inspection Criticised.
Alvin Bates, Brooklyn, who was with
the headquarters troops, second army,
said whenever "there was a formation
a man was beaten up every five min
utes" at the prison farm. He and
Boggs said that a Pole, serving in the
American army, was brutally beaten
and soon afterward the prisoner cut
his throat with a razor.
"Medical inspection .was a farce,"
said Bate's referring to the farm. "You
went in one -door and were kicked out
George L. Pallito, Newark. N. J., pri
vate in company M, 113th infantry, told
of many cruelties in the prisons in
France and admitted that he was ab
sent without leave, for which he was
Delegation Reports Strong Pressure
on Congress to Grant Funds
for Work.
Confident that if any road appro
priation bill is going to stand a chance
in congress Oregon won't lose out
the three men composing the Roosevelt
highway delegation returned last night
from Washington, D. C, where they
had a hearing with the congressional
committee on roads. Two of the mem
bers. L. J. Simpson, of North Bend, and
Charles Hall, of Marshfield, went on
direct to their homes, but B. F. Jones,
of Newport, the third, remained in the
city, passing the night at the Im
perial. "Last Friday we had our hearing."
he said, "and gave the committee full
data. The members seemed much im
pressed and after the session three
openly told us they would vote for a
favorable report and would endeavor
to convert others.
"The special session of congress- Is
trimming appropriations and it is hard
to get things like this through. How
ever, a favorable report will give the
measure a fighting chance. The Ore
gon delegation is doing hard work for
it and, compared with other states, we
are well represented by a strong, wide
awake bunch of men."
Mr. Jones explained that everything
must now rest until congress acts one
way or the other. Oregon, voted
$2,500,000 for the highway at the June
election and Representative W. C.
Hawley on June 25 introduced a bill to
have the government match this. The
three men from the coast counties ar
rived the following cTay to aid in the
fight and were in the national capital
17 days.
Insurance Men Have Busy Pro
gramme for Convention,
About 300 members of the Hundred
Thousand-Dollar Kield club of the Mu
tual Life Insurance company will open
their annual convention this morning
at the Multnomah hotel. The dele
gates represent the entire middle west
and coast territory, are to remain here
two days, holding business sessions in
the morning and making sightseeing
trips later in the day.
At 2 o'clock this afternoon the en
tire number will be taken to Kagle
creek park on the Columbia highway
for a picnic supper. Tomorrow night
they will hold their annual banquet at
the Multnomah, S. C. Anderson of New
York acting as toastmaster. Colonel
Thomas G. Morgan of New York, re
cently out of the service, will preside
over the business sessions. George K.
Sargent, superintendent of agencies, and
Fred T. Dexter, one of the vice-presi
dents, will be among the speakers.
Final Decree Dismissing All Cae
Issued by Federal Court.
XL'W YORK. July 15. A final decree
dismissing all damage suits against the
Cunard Steamship company as the re
sult of the torpedoing of the Lusitania,
and barring ay similar suits which
might be brought in the future, was
signed yesterday in the United States
district court by Judge Julius M. Mayer.
A total of 64 claims, totaling between
$5,000,000 and $6,000,000, had been
brought against the company.
In his decreex. Judge Mayer inti
mated that the claimants might be re
imbursed for their pecuniary losses
through indemnities collected by thQ
United States from the German gov
Fishing Without License Costs Head
of University $25.
MISSOULA. Mont- July 15. President
E. O. Sisson of the state university yes
terday appeared in justice court here
and paid a fine of $2u for fishing with
out the necessary license. President
Sisson was arrested on Saturday near
St. Ignatius by a deputy game warden.
President Sisson was not represented
by an attorney In court, merely ap
pearing at the session and paying the
fine assessed.
Woman's power in America is well
illustrated by the thousands ot women
who entered almost every line of busi
ness to replace men who were drafted
during the war. Health proved their
strongest asset. Many women, how
ever, developed weak, nervous condi
tions and could not stand the strain
of a business life. Such women should
remember there Is one tried and true
remedy in Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegeta
ble Compound, which for forty-five
years has been restoring health and
strength to the women ot America.
K A H. rreen stamps for casti.
Holman Fuel Co.. Main 253, A 11SS.
Blockwood. short slabwood. Rock
bprints and Utah coal; sawdust. Adv.
Officers of Oregon Agricultural
College on Tour.
President Kerr and Party Well Re
ceived on Journey to Central
Part of State.
BEND. Or.. July 15. (Special.) The
party headed by President W. J. Kerr,
of the Oregon Agricultural college,
consisting of five of the regents and
others, arrived here this evening from
Burns, which they left this morning in
three machines. Being unable to get
messages dispatched from Canyon City
Sunday njght. or Burns last night, il
is best to take up the threads of the
trip from the time the last dispatch
was filed, which .was Saturday night
last from Union.
We left Union about 7 o'clock that
night and had a fine ride through the
cool of the evening to Baker. On our
arrival there about 10 o'clock we were
surprised to be met by Regent Corn
wall and Mrs. Cornwall. The latter had
suffered so from the dust storm the
day previous that we had left her in
Pendleton, but she soon rallied and
was able to resume the journey.
Party X umbers 15.
All were up early enough to gel
started by 8 o'clock for Canyon City.
By that time our party was all together
and the personnel was the same as it
is now and as it is hoped will be for
the balance of the trip. The names of
the party are: W. J. Kerr, president of
the board of regents; J. K. Weather
ford, regent: H. Von" der Hellen. regent;
G. M. Cornwall, regent: Walter M.
Pierce, regent: Jefferson Myers Wood
worth, a druggist of Albany, two chauf
feurs and The Oregonlan boy. But the
most important members of the party
were the five married ladies, as fol
lows: Mesdames Weatherford. Cornwall.
Pierce, Myers and Woodworth.
There are 15 in the party, making
five in each of the three seven-passenger
machines, which leaves plenty of
room for the baggage. We arrived at
Canyon City after a very pleasant ride
over the mountains. The roads were
excellent, save for a few short stretche,
where the graders were at work on th,
wonderful John Day highway.
This great work is about four-fifths
done, so far as the gradinvr is con
cerned, between John Day and Prairie
City. How much is done below John
Day 1 do not know, but 1 do know it is
going to be a road for the state to be
proud of. It seems too bad that a
short detour could rot be made so that
it might pass through Canyon City, but
no doubt a spur will be built to fill the
two-mile gap.
Welcome Is Accorded.
We were well entertained at Canyon
City at the Beggs hotel and the Pat
terson cottage, kept by Mrs. Otis Pat
terson. We . got away from Canyon
City at 8 o'clock yesterday morning
and reached Burns after a very pleas
ant ride of a little less than five hours.
Again we found the roads most excel
lent. Once at Burns we made good
time in getting our dinner at the Ho
tel Levens. and then, after being greet
ed by many of the citizeni. of the town,
we were escorted . ut to the famous
Bell A ranch of William Hanley. and
after being greeted by Mrs. Hanley we
were 'taken out through a small hay
field where we faw four McCormacks
in action.
Bill Hanley is a pretty busy boy
right now. tor he is putting up a
teensy weensy ja of hay. say between
8000 and 10,000 tons. As hay is worth
better than (10 a- ton. Bill is liable to
keep out of the poorhouse all of next
winter, likewise Mrs. Hanley.
ScfeatlKts Keep Busy.
Then we went over the station, and
the regents and Dr. Kerr spent until
dinner time, late dinner time, looking
over the crops and discussing facts
and figures with Director Shattuck and
a number of farmers who had gath
ered. Of these matters mu-h will be
said in my follow-up article. Then
we had a most splendid dinner, which
was prepared by Mrs. Director Shat
tuck. Mrs. Shattuck is an O. A. C.
graduate, and she sure practically
mastered the art called culinary there.
Last night the people of Burns ten
dered us a fort of smoker Reception,
at which oratory and lemonade ran a
dead heet with cigars. But more of
that later in the season. We left Burns
at 8 o'clock this morning and arrived
here after a nine-hour trip, an hour
being spent at Brookings, where we
had a fine dinner.
That station is about 72 miles west
of Burns and the same distance east of
Behd, where we arrived in fine fettle
and are all ready for a bath and din
ner. Of this trip, which ' brought us
over the high desert, where hundreds
of settlers flocked in a few years ago.
I will have more to say in my later
The president and regents may be
detained here for a part of tomorrow,
perhaps the entire day, for a new sta
tion to be established in this region is
under discussion. When we leave here
we will go direct to Crater Lake and
thence to Medford.
Balloons May Have Headquarters
Pacific Fleet.
HONOLULU. T. H., July 13. (Spe
cial.) Pearl Harbor, the big naval sta
tion of the Pacific fleet, may shortly
become an extensive base for navy di-
For Infants and Children
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rlglbles and the center of a series of
Pacific flljchts. according: to Informa
tion reaching1 here from unofficial
naval circles. It is known that at least
one dirigible hangar will be erected
at Pearl Harbor with the probability
the others will follow In the near fu
ture. One and perhaps more of the
big llghter-than air craft will be kept
at Pearl Harbor, according to reports
from Washington. D. C. These local
naval developments aro to take place
as a part of the preparations for a
trans-Pacific flight by dirigibles,
which the navy is planning- for early
next year.
Lieutenant-Colonel B. M. Atkinson,
department air service officer, inti
mated as much in a statement the other
day in regard to lighter-than-air craft
for Pearl Harbor.
Henry Teal of Portland Pure-liases
Entire 1800,000 I,uc.
SALEM. .Or.. July 15. (Special t
The state board of control today dis
posed of 8800,000 worth of highway
bonds authorized under the Bean-Barrett
act for federal aid projects. The
bonds were purchased by Henry Teal of
Portland and brought 76-'.3;0 and ac
crued Interest. Six bids, representing
18 houses, were opened by the board,
the difference between the lowest and
highest amounting to $8.20 per flOoo.
Had the bonds been sold two years
ago the state would have received 13.
760 more than at today's sale. The
bonds draw 4 per cent interest.
But Attorney - General M ill Not
Punish Representative.
SALEM. Or.. July 15. (Special.)
After accepting a plea of guilty from
Representative A. A. femlth. of Baker,
who. In a letter to the attorney-general.
admits that he introduced in the last
legislature a bill which he now believes
unconHtitutional. Assistant Attorney
tJeneral Van Winkle, in a humorous
missive to the lawmaker, acknowledges
confession of the alletred misguided lee-
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islation and advises Mr. Smith that
; since he has pleaded guilty to com
mitting the act. or at least to being
the prime conspirator, he ehould pay
the penalty by instituting proper pio
ceedings for reparation of the damage,
or. changing the metaphor, by applying
the a p propria t remedy for the M I-
ment resulting from swallowing half
baked legislation.
The bill introduced by Mr. Smith was
pn8d with the idea of furnishing an
other check by which to catch cattle
thieves. It provides that before hides
can bo transported within or without
the Mate an application must made
to the county stock Inspector for pi r.
Mr. Smith now believes the law is un
constitutional for to reasons first,
that it makes the htock inspector a
judicial officer in violation of the con
stitution, and that It enables the taking
of property without due process of law.
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